Jul 10, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) on the bench in the second inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
Mid-Summer Classic Misery Continues For Miami Marlins
When Dee Gordon dislocated his thumb last Saturday, those that weren’t numb already to the woes of this snake bitten 2015 season had to of finally succumbed.
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It’s now clear that at some point this off-season, Jeffrey Loria did not “Pay It Forward”, walked under a ladder, broke a mirror on that sumptuous luxury jet that was commissioned for the team, or some other supernatural explanation. Many Friends of the Fish likely had felt that way for all of June.
But the pain for much of the month was being assuaged by the staggering statistics being put up by Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton was showing every sign of making a real run at a feat only seen eight times in history, as he was on pace for the prestigious club whose only membership requirement was having clubbed sixty home runs in a season. Gordon had led baseball in average for much of the season, and was leading in hits.
The Home Run Derby was going to be like watching a video game, and Gordon would surely be standing beside Stanton the next day at the 2015 All-Star Game.
Perhaps there would be no playoff berth this year, but the talent of the team would at least be on display for the nation to see, and fans could feel good for at least a couple days of the lost season.
Of course, as we all know, that’s not how it turned out. The Miami Marlins will find themselves without a player on the roster for the second time in their history tonight.
Gordon will attend in order to represent the team, while Stanton- who was also scratched from the last Marlin free All-Star Game in 2012- will not.
It’s worth taking a moment to applaud Gordon’s leadership here, and to sweep away any thought that he might be worth trading. The club needs that kind of presence, presence that it is a bit deflating not to see being exhibited by the face of the franchise.
But if you would like to take the gallows humor approach to feeling better about the lack of Fish on the menu for tonight’s annual offering to the fans, you need only take a look at the Marlins historical track record for the Mid-Summer Classic.
For by doing that, you might find yourself realizing that tonight’s All-Star Game might end up being one of the best in team history.
Let’s start with the caption for the article. I really hate the device of breaking down the fourth wall and speaking directly to you the reader, seems pompous, but I hope you’ll forgive the breach of etiquette. Many of you likely clicked on this article (thanks by the way) because of the picture of Jose Fernandez.
No, sadly Jose was not a late addition to the roster tonight. That picture is there to represent what is without question the best performance by a Marlin in an All-Star Game in the last few years
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